What is Family Therapy?
Because family members interact with each other, when one person in the family has a problem, to some degree everyone in the family has a problem.
Family Therapy helps family members better understand and communicate with each other to resolve differences, conflicts and problems.
A family therapist collaborates in clinical discussions to help families explore their relationships and find solutions that “fit” for them.
Sessions may involve improving communication, identifying strengths, identifying family and individual goals, resolving family conflicts, and developing coping mechanisms.
Who should attend Family Therapy?
Participating family members may include anyone who is involved in the situation. This usually includes one or both parents and some or all of the children. When appropriate, if the family feels it would be helpful, grandparents and other extended family members may be included in some sessions.
“All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.”
– Henry Ellis
How Can Family Therapy Be Helpful to you?
We can be helpful when “the problem””appears to focus on a child or teenager in the family. We can be helpful when “the problem” appears to be centered on the parent’s personal problems or problems as a couple.
We can be helpful when “the problem” involves extended family members and family issues such as care-giving responsibilities, grief and loss or divorce and blended family adjustment.
- Depression/withdrawal or low self esteem?
- Destructive Behavior?
- Drug and/or Alcohol Abuse?
- Employment/ Financial struggles?
- Underachievement in school?
- Care giving/Chronic Illness issues?
- Loss and bereavement issues?
- Separation, Divorce or Blended Family adjustments?
- Is it just too difficult for you to separate these issues and identify a problem yet you just know something is wrong?